Watershed is PNCA’s professional fine art publishing program, a research and education extension of the printmaking lab. Watershed welcomes visiting artists and professional printers to collaborate with the PNCA community on editions and projects. Through Watershed, students are offered unique access and professional experience, working with contemporary artists, galleries, and museums.
PNCA has created editions with artists including Eli Subrack (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), Regina Silveira, and Storm Tharp, among others. And PNCA’s print studio has hosted professional printers including James Reid from Gemini G.E.L. and Maurice Sanchez from Derriere L’Etoile, and has collaborated on work with Paul Mullowney.
Watershed offers students an educational experience that can’t be duplicated in the classroom. Working alongside professionals in the printmaking lab, in addition to taking on teaching assistant positions and internships, provides students unique support in post-program career development.
Matthew Letzelter, Director
Matthew is Printmaking Department Chair. Prior to moving to Portland, Letzelter was the Master Printer at Stinger Editions and Visiting Professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where he taught at the graduate and undergraduate level in Print Media while also focusing research on digital print mediums.
Before moving to Canada, Letzelter worked for Derrière L‘Étoile Studio in New York City as a professional fine art printer. During his time at Derrière L’Étoile, he collaborated on many large-scale projects including Raymond Pettibon’s 72-page, limited edition lithographic book Plots on Loan; James Rosenquist’s lithograph Stars and Stripes at the Speed of Light for the US Embassy/State Department Art Program; as well as numerous printed editions for international galleries, museums and artists. While living in New York City, he also worked for Petersburg Press and Suitcase Press.